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New York is set to legalise cannabis next year

The governor of New York state has announced that he will push for the legalisation of recreational cannabis next year.

Andrew Cuomo said that it was time to ‘legalise cannabis once and for all’.

The move that could bring in $1.3 billion a year in taxes.

The announcement means that New York City residents and tourists in the Big Apple could be able to buy cannabis legally by the end of next year.

New York would become the second largest state after California and the 11th in the US to legalise cannabis for recreational use.

Currently cannabis is legal for medical purposes in New York state.

Speaking at the New York City Bar Association, Mr Cuomo said: ‘The fact is we have had two criminal justice systems: one for the wealthy and the well-off, and one for everyone else, and that’s going to end.

‘What must also end the needless and unjust criminal convictions and the debilitating criminal stigma and let’s legalise the adult use of recreational marijuana once and for all.’

Canada became the largest country in the world to legalise recreational marijuana back in October.